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Eric Lembo and Trang Nguyen Spend $50K on Kid's Bday Party

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:04 AM

Australian business owner Eric Lembo and his wife Trang Nguyen threw a nearly $50,000 Disney-themed birthday party for their 3-year-old daughter, but after they showered their daughter with attention the couple was showered with criticism on social media.

Lembo, who co-owns the Caversham House, a riverfront reception center in Perth, hired former "Australian Idol" contestant Courtney Murphy to entertain more than 200 guests – 170 of them adults – while using to bash to promote the business as well, reported Perth Now.

Lembo and Nguyen paid nearly $19,000 for food and staff, another $12,700 for alcohol and soft drinks, $9,600 for furniture and decorations, $3,000 for a photographer and $1,600 for Murphy, among other expenses, totaling $48,195.

"The Italian and the Vietnamese cultures have a large first birthday so we decided to do it for her second and third birthday as well," said Lembo, adding that he didn't think the party was over the top. "It has really become a party not just for Lauren but for all of my family and friends to get together. That's very important to me."

But numerous people howled on Perth Now's Facebook page about the expensive birthday party.

"Just preparing himself to raise a (spoiled) brat," wrote Christopher Mayers. "No child needs a $50K party."

"Regardless of how much money he has or gives to charity or how much he loves his daughter he's still a moron for spending so much on a 3yr old," said commenter Elana White. "Just think of the ways in which he could've helped others with even half of that. So wasteful."

"Such a shame to feel you need to spend that amount of money on your child's 3rd birthday, great that you have the money but money doesn't buy true friends, respectful children or self peace," added Richelle Stewart.

But the couple found plenty of supporters as well.

Facebook commenter Tanya Spark said, "Mind ya own business, they can do what they like with their own money. It's not their job to support others."

"Stop being judgmental," wrote Ngaroma Keepa. "Their child, their money however they want to spend it. Good on them."

Maxine Beale added: "One of the most generous families in Perth – to both the employees – and the unknown. Many who judge the reasoning behind this Party could take a leaf out of Caversham House's book."

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